Yosemite Sugar Maple Peaks

Sugar Maple, Yosemite Chapel, Yosemite Valley (10/3/21) Steve Arita

It’s time. The Vermont sugar maple (Acer Saccharum) planted by Yosemite residents in 1903 is Near Peak. This tree has a very short peak, so haste is required to see it at its best. If you’ve ever wanted to see/photograph it, GO NOW!

Julie Kirby visited the Valley on Oct. 7 and was taken by the “torch red maple” but missed stopping in time on South Side Drive, so had to make a loop to come back to it. She photographed it each day she was there, once in the afternoon and again in morning light.

If you plan to scout for fall color while viewing the sugar maple, you’ll be disappointed. As, Steve Arita reports everything else remains green in Yosemite Valley. Plus, smoky haze clouds the view.

  • Sugar Maple, Yosemite Chapel, Yosemite Valley (4,000′) – Near Peak (50 – 75%) Go Now!
  • Yosemite Valley (4,000′) – Just Starting (0 – 10%)